Republicans will maintain control of the Senate.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert sent the only political correspondent courageous enough to ask the tough questions down to Texas to cover the toss-up Senate race between incumbent GOP sweaty narc Ted Cruz against Democratic challenger and The Clash fan Beto O'Rourke. With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz earned about 51 percent of the vote, while O'Rourke earned about 48 percent of roughly 7 million ballots cast.
Tonight we find out if media hype and celebrity endorsements can win the Democrats a seat in the U.S. Senate in Texas. But Cruz's friendliness didn't dissuade the comic from continuing to mock him. Though more recent ones indicate that the senator has regained his footing and maintained a modest lead, the race has gone from cakewalk to far closer than expected. Trafalgar is a Republican polling outlet. "They're energized", Cruz said Monday.
And O'Rourke may still have some wins to place in his column.
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog hit the campaign trail in Texas, where the puppet traded barbs with both Republican Sen.
But the Democrat also received some unwanted attention. In turn, Cruz garnered praise from President Trump, who referred to his former political rival as "Beautiful Ted" in the days ahead of the vote. O'Rourke has garnered nearly unprecedented support in the red state, and polling in recent months has shown O'Rourke and Cruz virtually neck-and-neck.
O'Rourke's campaign drew support from various celebrity figures, including singer Beyoncé, National Basketball Association star LeBron James and country music legend Willie Nelson. But I get it! The Cruz campaign cut a commercial responding to O'Rourke that featured a double-amputee Vietnam veteran named Tim Lee. Why this is happening now, why the president is stirring these issues up at this moment with 24 hours before we decide this election, I'll leave that to you to conclude, " he said.
In a rare move, Taylor Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates running in Tennessee last month, turning her Instagram into a get-out-and-vote page for her 112 million followers. That proved to be the case.
"This is the man, what's Ted Cruz have that you don't have?" ". and it is my hope, with the bitterness and division we see nationally, we can come together, respecting each other's decency, humanity and treating each other how we should treat each other".